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Laser Hair Removal

There is a permanent solution for unwanted hair — laser hair removal. In Ann Arbor and Plymouth, Michigan, men and women alike visit our highly respected dermatology practice for permanent reduction of unwanted hair. Laser hair removal can treat all skin types and most parts of the body. Keep in mind though that multiple treatments are necessary to maintain long-term permanent reduction of unwanted hair. Permanent hair reduction is defined as a long-term stable reduction in the number of hairs re-growing after treatment regimen.

If you're ready to visit us in Plymouth or Ann Arbor for laser hair removal, request a consultation at Ann Arbor Dermatology. Or you can call our office at (734) 996-8757 (Ann Arbor) or 734-455-6881 (Plymouth) and one of our knowledgeable staff members will be happy to assist you.

Answers to Your Questions about Laser Hair Removal

How does laser hair removal work?

A laser produces a beam of intense concentrated light, which is directed through a hand-piece to the treatment site. The laser energy is absorbed by pigment in the hair, causing selective damage to the follicle, which eliminates or significantly impedes the hair's growth.

What sites can be treated with laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal at Ann Arbor Dermatology covers a larger area than electrolysis, which treats only one hair at a time. For this reason, our laser can remove hair from larger areas such as the back, shoulders, arms, legs and face. Even sensitive areas such as the nipples, upper lip and bikini line can be treated easily and with minimal discomfort. For legs that look even more gorgeous, consider one of our vein therapy treatments as well.

How do I know if I am a candidate for laser hair removal?

Prior to beginning laser treatment, you will be evaluated during a consultation. This includes a medical history, hair color and skin evaluation to determine if this treatment is an option for you. It is important that there be no tanning or long-term sun exposure 2 to 3 weeks prior to your visit. Areas you wish to have treated should not be waxed, tweezed or threaded for approximately 3 weeks prior to your consultation. Shaving is allowed. At the time of your initial visit, a test spot treatment will be performed.

How many treatments are required?

The number of treatments required for optimal long-term benefits depends on the area of treatment, the hair density, skin color and the hair growth cycle. Age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medication and metabolism all play a part in hair's location, thickness and resilience. You will require a series of treatments to reach the desired level of improvement.

Is the procedure painful?

Individual responses to treatment vary significantly. Many people feel discomfort during treatment, which may range from minimal to moderate but fortunately in short duration. For more sensitive patients a topical anesthetic cream can be prescribed.

Are there any side effects?

Short-term side effects may include a slight reddening of the skin or local swelling which typically lasts less than an hour, although it may infrequently last a few days. In rare instances, some blistering, bruising, scaring and discoloration of the skin may occur which are usually only temporary.

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